The power to Glow
Our next Sunday@Seven service will be on May 31st 2020. With it being Pentecost, the theme will be: ‘The power to Glow’. We’re going to attempt this via Zoom.
You’re very welcome to dial in and muddle along with us. Please let us know via the Contact page and we will forward details closer to the day.
What is Sunday@Seven?
Sunday@Seven is an opportunity to informally worship together on the last Sunday of each month – and yes, it’s at 7 pm. There’s a mix of songs, prayers and reflections. We usually have an ‘open mic’ slot for people to share whatever is on their mind. It’s led by Nigel Silvester, one of our Authorised Lay Ministers.
Normally, of course, we would physically be together for this – but for this Pentecost session we’ll be doing it virtually. So, if you want cake and a brew, you’ll have to provide your own this time!
Acts 2:1-21 – from The Message
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?
Parthians, Medes, and Elamites;
Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes;
Even Cretans and Arabs!
“They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”
Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?”
Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”
Peter Speaks Up
That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:
“In the Last Days,” God says,
“I will pour out my Spirit
on every kind of people –
Your sons will prophesy,
also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions,
your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes,
I’ll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me, men and women both,
and they’ll prophesy.
I’ll set wonders in the sky above
and signs on the earth below,
Blood and fire and billowing smoke,
the sun turning black and the moon blood-red,
Before the Day of the Lord arrives,
the Day tremendous and marvelous;
And whoever calls out for help
to me, God, will be saved.”
For Nigel’s Easter Sunday@Seven reflection: ‘Yes, He lives’, please follow this link or click here for his Zoomed message on Sunday May 17th. Thanks to Maxim Tajer on Unsplash for the flame photo.